Rebel Economy asked Ahmad Shokr, a Ph.D. candidate in Middle Eastern history at New York University and a founding member of the Drop Egypt’s Debt campaign, to lay out the key problems critics have with a planned International Monetary Fund loan to Egypt.
1. You are a vocal opponent of the International Monetary Fund loan. Can you explain why you are against it? Is it because of Egypt’s history of troubled relations with the Fund or the lack of transparency over the negotiations, or both?
Our campaign is mainly opposed to the policies that will be linked to the IMF loan. The government reform program (to be approved by the IMF) is aimed at achieving macroeconomic stability through three interrelated sets of policies—spending cuts, higher taxes, and greater exchange-rate flexibility. For the most part, ordinary Egyptians will foot the bill for these policies in the form of higher sales taxes…
Victim-blaming is the predictable & cowardly response to rape by those who hate women. It’s a universal & hateful response to violence against women & a way simply, to abuse power to try & subdue & degrade women. We have the right to participate in our society, we won’t be cowed into not taking our rightful place and fight for our rights by these organised sexual terrorists.
We saw it in India, after the uproar following the gang-rape & murder of the student. We see it almost everytime there is a rape case in the mainstream media (think DSK, Assange, etc etc). How stupid do you have to be to think that the person responsible for rape is the person doing it?
Before anyone comes up with that stupid ‘you wouldn’t leave your car/house/valuables unlocked’ argument, we are human beings, ok? We should be able to go about our lives without the fear of sexual harrassment & violence, and being blamed for it when it happens. It’s not us that’s doing it now, is it? What does it say about their attitudes to Egyptian women, that they are on the same sides as the rapists? I’ll let you make up your own mind.
I read the papers and online testimonials of mob attacks on women in the streets protesting and if I had not read the titles, I would have thought that the authors had suddenly taken a keen interest in the every day life of street children. I would have justifiably concluded they have become avid observers who have taken to the street to highlight the prevalence and normality of sexual violence in street culture that very little children live every night. But no, I have read the title; the words indicate this is about other girls; younger and older women, “welaad naas”, of the working and middle class (because remember street kids are the “excluded” class, second class citizens if that!). These articles are written because “citizens” have been struck, “citizens” honour has been violated; “citizens” human rights have been wronged. But street children? They aren’t citizens – they don’t even…
This video (I know I probably should, but can’t bring myself to watch it until the end) shows a woman being attacked, brutalised and raped by a pack of men in Tahrir Square.
This ongoing & increasing sexual terrorism against the women of Egypt must stop! This pandemic of sexual violence was bad enough before the revolution, but it is now being deployed as a weapon against women on a scale never seen before.
The terrible case of the lady who was gang-raped & murdered on a bus in India was horrifying. What followed though, gave me some hope. Seeing the women and men of India rise up against the travesty that is misogyny & sexual violence was a beautiful and surprising phenomena. It gave me hope that something similar would happen in Egypt.
Alas! Not yet! Our prime minister seems more obsessed with dirty breasts that the dirty attacks on innocent women. The silence of those who should be cracking down on this is deafening. Every single Egyptian who is not on the side of those rapists and sexual terrorists should be out there protecting the dignity, freedoms & rights of their sisters and protesting this travesty on society.
Hope is not lost, though, there are many who are standing up against this, and I hope that it will increase rapidly. Please join the women of Egypt in solidarity next Tuesday. If you’re in London, please come to the embassy at 6PM.